UAW official nominated for seat on GM board

A top official of the United Auto Workers union has been nominated to join the General Motors board of directors.

UAW Vice President Joe Ashton was nominated to a seat controlled by a UAW trust fund that pays retiree health care bills. He plans to retire from his union post in June.

He would replace GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky as the trust's voice on the board. Girsky has been nominated by the GM board to stay on with a different seat.

Shareholders will vote on both men at GM's annual meeting on June 10 in Detroit.

After the election, GM would have 12 board members, 10 from outside the company.

The company made the announcement Friday in its annual proxy filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.